A 31-year-old married man has been charged after a teenage girl was allegedly gang-raped by him and a group of teenage boys in a cabin of a Carnival cruise ship.
Casey Dickerson was arrested on Sunday after the sexual attack was reported last weekend.
He denies rape but admitted that he had bought alcohol for a group of teenagers on board the cruise which left Florida on August 16 for a four-day trip to the Bahamas.
Dickerson also admitted to having sex with other women who were not his wife on board the boat.
The girl, who has not been identified, said she was raped in an extra cabin that Dickerson had keys to on board.
He had been given access to a second room by crew after his wife had earlier complained about noise.
The 15-year-old girl told authorities that she went to the cabin with a 15-year-old friend where Dickerson was partying with four teenage boys.
The girl said they were given alcohol before her friend was held in the bathroom by one of the teenagers while she was raped.
She said that the accused and other attackers took turns holding her down and encouraged each other to ‘switch’ positions.
At one point during the prolonged attack, someone came to the door of the cabin. She was held on the floor while one of the teenage boys sent the person away, according to reports.